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Okeechobee News

Vol. 99 No. 8

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

*********ALL FOR ADC 320
PO BOX 117007



Monthly meeting of the
Okeechobee Utility Authority
(OUA) Board of Directors at
8:30 a.m. today at OUA build-
ing, 100 S.W Fifth Ave.


0keechobee girl
lakes barrel racing
berson of Okeechobee won
the Professional Rodeo Cow-
boy Association's Southeast-
ern Circuit championship last
Sunday. She was presented a
new saddle at the Fred Smith
Arena by representatives of
the PRCA and the Brighton
Tribal Council.
The event wrapped up a
great weekend of rodeo at
the Brighton reservation as
championships for all around
cowboy, team roping, saddle
bronc, bull riding, and bare-
back riding were awarded to
deserving cowboys for 2007.
Page 10


Winterfest 2008
is cancelled
unforeseen, circumstances
Buckhead Ridge Fire Depart-
ment has cancelled Winter-
fest 2008. We ,apologize for
any inconvenience. We hope
to see you at Winterfest 2009.
For information please call Pat
at (863) 357-1364.

Drought Index
Current: 557
Source: Florida Division
t of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.14 feet
Last Year: 12.11 feet
Source: South
Florida Water
District. Depth
given in feet
above sea level.

Classifieds...............:......... 8, 9
Comics...................................... 5
Community Events................... 4
Crossword................................. 8
O bituaries ....... : ........................ 6
Opinion..................................... 4
Speak Out................................. 4
Sports................................... 10
TV ............................................. 9
W eather................................. 2
SSee Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.
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Forum to discuss lake's future

BELLE GLADE -- Agriculture
Commissioner Charles Bron-
son will join Secretary Mike
Sole, "of the Florida Department
of Environmental Protection
and Secretary Tom Pelham of
the Department of Community
Affairs, other officials and re-
gional community leaders on
Jan. 17, to discuss conditions in
Lake Okeechobee and poten-
tial impacts of lake restoration.
The Decision Makers Forum,
"Lake Okeechobee: Headwa-
ters of the Everglades," will be
held at the Dolly Hand Cultural
Arts Center on the Belle Glade

campus of Palm Beach Com-
munity College, beginning at
8:30 a.m. The public is invited
to attend. The $20 registration
fee ($25 after Jan. 11th) in-
cludes lunch and, program ma-
terials. Additional information
and on-line registration forms
are at
or call 561-799-8546.
Lake Okeechobee
The morning dialogue
will focus on managing Lake
Okeechobee to achieve restora-

tion and to sustain the region's
local economy and communi-
ties. Terrence "Rock" Salt, di-
rector of Everglades restoration
initiatives for the U.S. secre-
tary of Interior, and Col. Paul
Grosskruger, Jacksonville dis-
trict engineer for the U.S. Corps
of Engineers will represent fed-
eral agencies. Ken Haddad, ex-
ecutive director of the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission, and Carol Wehle,
-executive director of the South
Florida Water Management Dis-
trict, will also be participating.
Local discussants include

Affordable housing: For agriculture workers
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AryAiinni vMorris/iKeecuooeeINews
These apartments, soon to be completed are the Qaks of Shannon's Crossing, a 100
unit rental apartment community on U.S. 441 Southeast, complete with clubhouse and
tot lot being built for Okeechobee's agricultural employees.

Rental apartments made

possible by UDSA help

By MaryAnn Morris
Okeechobee News
There has been much curi-
osity about Oaks at Shannon's
Crossing, rental -apartment
community currently nearing
completion on Highway 441
Southeast near Taylor Creek.
The project expects to open
its doors to prospective rent-
ers early in 2008.
"The Oaks represents a
$10 million investment in the
Okeechobee community," said
Steven Kirk, President of Rural
Neighborhoods and The Oaks
at Shannon's Crossing LLC.
"It will provide a new, high-
quality product and is poised
to add to the local ad valorem
tax base; plus it comes to with

no local government invest-
ment or grants."
"Through funding from the
United States Department of
Agriculture (USDA) and the
Florida Housing and Finance
Corporation, financing costs
are much less than the stan-
dard commercial bank rate of
& percent.
"Due to this funding, USDA
requires us to serve the ag-
ricultural community. Only
if the character of agricul-
ture changes in Okeechobee
County will we be permitted
to offer apartments to others,"
said Mr. Kirk, contacted by
phone. "This has already hap-
pened in Vero Beach where
agriculture has lessened in the
last decade."

"The 100-unit rental com-.
munity consists of one, two
and three bedroom apart-
ments with rents from $380 to.
$523 per month. A clubhouse,
computer lab, tot lot and li-
brary serve the stucco and
vinyl-clad townhouse apart-
ments. Oaks at Shannon's
Crossing is income and occu-
pation-restricted and will have
management staff living in an
apartment on site. Federal re-
quirements limit household
income to $26,460 for a fam-
ily of four, an amount equal to
60 percent of the Okeechobee
average income. Families
choosing to reside at the Oaks
are also required to have one
See Housing Page 2

Okeechobee County Commis-
sioner Clif Betts Jr., who also
heads the "Ten County Coali-
tion" of Lake Okeechobee and
Kissimmee Valley counties;
Malcolm "Bubba" Wade Jr.,
a member of the governing
board of the South Florida Wa-
ter Management District and
vice president of sugar opera-
tions at U.S. Sugar;
Mary Ann Martin, of Ro-
land Martin's Marina in Clew-
iston; Dr. Beverly Robinson,
provost at Palm Beach Com-
munity College; Dr. Paul Gray,
Okeechobee Science Coordina-

tor for Audubon of Florida; and
Frank "Wes" Williamson Ill, of
Williamson Cattle Company in
Janice Fleischer of Flash
Resolutions in Tallahassee and
Miami will facilitate the discus-
sions. The audience will be in-
vited to submit questions to the
Opening presentations on
the role of the lake and current
conditions will be done by Dr.
Thomas Lodge, author of The
Everglades Handbook, and Dr.
See Lake Page 2

OUA plans

new eastside


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Discussion of the proposed
eastside forcemain is expect-
ed to dominate today's meet-
ing of the Okeechobee Util-
ity Authority (OUA) Board of
Directors. The board will also
consider an emergency call
system and a contract for the
executive director.
The proposed eeasiside
forcemain would originate at
OUA's Cemetery Road waste-
water treatment plant and run
about nine miles in a south-

If you go ...
What: Monthly meeting of the
Okeechobee Utility Authority
(OUA) Board of Directors
When: 8:30 a.m. today
Where: OUA building, 100 S.W.
Fifth Ave,

easterly direction serving the
developments of Northshore
Village, Awesome Ranch and -
Eagles Landing. Plans call
for a master pump station at
See OUA Page 2

'Do not call'

list violations

top complaints

Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
vices Commissioner Charles
H. Bronson has announced
that violations of Florida's Do
Not Call law once again lead
the list of written complaints
filed with the department in
2007. However, the number
of complaints dropped by

more than 500 from the previ-
ous year.
Mr. Bronson releases the
list of top ten complaints
each year so people will have
a better idea of the types of
consumer issues and crimes
that are impacting the state
and can take steps to protect
See Complaints Page 2

New Horizons names Woods

as Employee of the Year

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
New Horizons of
Okeechobee and the Treasure
Coast announced that Liz
Woods, the office manager for
the Okeechobee Outpatient
Center, was named the 2007
Employee of the Year during
their December All-staff meet-
According to the press re-
lease, Ms. Woods was select-
ed for the honor from more
than 300 employees.
She had previously been

selected as Employee of the
Month for May 2007. Sur-
rounded by all of the 2007
Employees of the Month, Ms.
Woods burst into happy tears
when it was announced that
she was the winner. She was
very excited to receive the
award and $500.
On this special day Ms.
Woods was also recognized
for 20 years of.service to New
Horizons and stated, "I love
working at New Horizons and
I plan on being around for an-
other 20 years."

"We congratulate Liz on
being named Employee of the
Year," said John Romano. "Liz
is a hard-working and devoted.
employee. She has set high
standards that we would like
all of our employees to fol-
New Horizons of
Okeechobee and the Trea-
sure Coast is your community
mental health center serving Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
the people of Indian River, Joanne Knight (right) congratulated Liz Woods (left) on her
Martin, Okeechobee and St. achievement of being named the New Horizons 2007 Employee
of the Year. Ms. Woods was chosen out of over 300 employees
See Woods Page 2 who had received Employee of the Month during 2007.

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t2 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Water shortage compliance workshops planned

In an effort to ensure com-
pliance with new water use re-
strictions that will take effect on
Jan. 15, the South Florida Water
Management District (SFWMD)
will host a series of water short-
age compliance workshops for
local government officials. The
first two workshops will be held
in Naples and.Okeechobee next
Workshop topics will in-
clude an overview of the water

shortage order approved by the
SFWMD Governing Board last
month, restrictions on specific
use classes, violations forms
and procedures, printed sup-
port materials provided by the
District and reporting require-
These workshops are de-
signed to prepare local code
and utility enforcement offi-
cers, city/county/state attorneys,
sheriff's offices and police de-

partments for their role in pro-
moting and enforcing the water
use restrictions. By statute, the
enforcement assistance of all
local governments is requested
whenever the SFWMD declares
a water shortage.
SFWMD water managers and
enforcement staff will direct the
workshops and will remain on
hand, along with attending local
government officials, for media
interview and photo opportuni-

The Okeechobee County
Workshop will be held on
Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008. The
workshop will be held at SF-
WMD Okeechobee Service cen-
ter from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in
the Fisheating Bay Conference
Room. The center is located at
105 North Parrott Ave., Suite
201, Okeechobee, Florida.

Watercraft strikes blamed for manatee deaths

A preliminary report from the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
vation Commission (FWC) indi-
cates there were 317 manatee
deaths in state waters in 2007.
The total number of carcasses
documented in Florida last year
falls below the five-year average
of 355.
Watercraft strikes and red
tide continue to contribute to
a high percentage of manatee
mortality, accounting for more
than half of the total deaths in
2007 where scientists could de-

Continued From Page 1
some point on the pipeline. Dis-
cussion will revolve around the
affected developers paying their
prorated share of the initial cost
to be rebated as customers con-
nect to the line.
In addition, board attorney
Tom Conley will report on his
right of way easement discus-
sions with property owners
along the route of the pipeline.
Turning to another mat-
ter, the board will consider an
emergency call service to warn
customers of such things water
main breaks, planned outages,
change of disinfectants and boil

Continued From Page 1
household member employed
in local agriculture.
"Because sufficient hur-
ricane relief funds were not
- available," Mr. Kirk noted, "the
USDA was willing to lend a sub-
stantial portion of the total de-
velopment cost to support the
strong agricultural economy in
Okeechobee County."
Nearly one in nine of all em-
ployed persons employed in the
Okeechobee area work in cattle,
dairy, citrus, plant nurseries and
related-agricultural workplaces.
Oaks intends to market to year-
round full and part-time employ-

Continued From Page 1
themselves. The department is
the clearinghouse for consumer
complaints in Florida, regulat-
ing 11 industries from travel to
telemarketing, and mediating
complaints against unregulated
"We have been able to assist
a lot of people who were victims
of unfair and deceptive business
practices," Mr. Bronson said.
"But it is always better to edu-
cate people about their rights
and responsibilities as consum-
ers so they won't be targeted in
the first place."
More than 25 thousand com-
plaints were filed with the de-
partment in calendar year 2007
and the department was able to

Continued From Page 1
Susan Gray, deputy director of
the Watershed Management De-
partment of the South Florida
Water Management District.
local communities
The afternoon program,
"Forging Alliances for a Healthy
Lake and Healthy Communi-
ties," will highlight regional and
community initiatives to build
and enhance local economies.
Pahokee Mayor J. P. Sasser will

Continued From Page 1
Lucie counties since 1958.
New Horizons is the primary
provider of behavioral health
services for adults and children
in Okeechobee, Indian River,
Martin and St. Luce counties,
This non-profit agency has

termine the cause of death. Nec-
ropsy results identify watercraft
strikes as the cause of 73 deaths
and red tide as responsible for
52 deaths in 2007.
FWC researchers report that
watercraft and red tide-related
deaths were high in Southwest
Florida. The combination of
these factors was identified as a
concern for this region in the re-
cently approved manatee man-
agement plan.
The FWC uses trends in mor-
tality figures to monitor ongo-

water notices. This topic was
originally brought up at the last
meeting.. Of the several com-
panies considered, staff deter-
mined that One Call Now would
best serve OUA's needs. Repre-
sentatives of that company will
be on hand to explain their ser-
vices. One Call Now can dial up
to 60,000 calls an hour. There
are no cOsts for telephone equip-
ment, phone lines or software.
Calls can be sent immediately or
scheduled for a future date and
time. The calls can go out to an
entire county or community or
to isolated areas. If a telephone
called is busy or gets no answer
the system will continue recall-
ing until a preset deadline. For
any calls unanswered by that

ees of local firms.
"The target group is not
migrant families as some mis-
takenly believe," said Carmen
Roqueta, Oaks' Director of Mar-
keting. "The market is those ag-
ricultural households that make
Okeechobee their full-time
"Many agricultural work-
ers are now earning the same
wages as retail and other service
workers," said Mr. Kirk.
Broadly included are person-
nel who transport cattle or cit-
rus to market, those engaged in
testing for or controlling citrus
disease -- even if not employed
by the grower.
"I have been asked why not a
rental community for those out-

recover nearly 4.7 million dol-
lars for consumers.
As in previous years, the larg-
est number of complaints in-
volved violations of Florida's "Do
Not Call" program which pro-
hibits most telemarketing calls
to people who are on the list.
There were 4,223 complaints in
2007 compared to 4,782 in 2006.
Mr. Bronson said it may be that
businesses are starting to rec-
ognize that the department ag-
gressively pursues violators
with fines and are paying more
attention to the list. The depart-
ment collected $252,500 in fines
against telemarketers who vio-
lated the law in 2007.
Consumers can pay a fee of
$10 with a $5 annual renewal fee
to have their home telephone
numbers placed on the list and
avoid unwanted sales calls. The

talk about the public-private
partnership between Pahokee
and Everglades Adventures to
redevelop the city Marina. Mau-
reen Burroughs, president of
Okeechobee Main Street Inc.
and owner of Syble's Flowers
and Gifts, will describe efforts
under way to enhance commer-
cial areas of the city helping to
build tourism in Okeechobee.
Lynn Topel, executive direc-
tor of the Florida's Heartland
Rural Economic Development
Initiative will outline new ini-
tiatives by that organization.
Ken Lutz, president of the Lake
Okeechobee Region's Economic
Alliance of Palm Beach County,

been provides mental health
care and substance abuse treat-
ment for children and adults.
The Okeechobee Outpatient
Center is located at 1600 S.W.
Second Ave. and offers the fol-
lowing services for adult and
children locally: case manage-
ment; community advocacy
team (CAT); domestic violence
youth diversion; family emer-

ing and emerging threats- -to
the manatee population. A re-
cent report analyzing threats to
the species, coauthored by re-
searchers from the United States
Geological Survey and the FWC,
points to watercraft-related
mortality as the most significant
long-term threat to the manatee
population. However, the FWC
is encouraged that the number
of watercraft-related deaths in
2007 is below the five-year aver-
The FWC is committed to

deadline, the system can be set
to recall those numbers the next
day. The system will not be de-
terred by tele-zapper devices.
The system also reports undeliv-
ered or disconnected numbers
for database correction.
In addition, the board will
also consider a contract for the
executive director. John Hayford
served as interim executive di-
rector from Nov. 19, 2005 until
April 10, 2006. On April 11,2006,
he became the permanent ex-
ecutive director. The proposed
contract addresses compensa-
tion for Mr. Hayford for the pe-
riod between Nov. 19, 2005 and
Sept. 30, 2007. Then it sets an
annual salary of $105,000 begin-
ning Oct. 1, 2007. The term of

side agriculture," Kirk explained.
"That's a very fair question."
He explained that policies in
Tallahassee allocated housing
resources in such a way that
Okeechobee and similar small
rural counties could be in for a
long wait.
"Only 4 percent of Florida's
Housing Tax Credits for gen-
eral workforce housing are ear-
marked for the 34 small rural
counties including Okeechobee,"
he said. "I, too, think it's unfair
that half of Florida's counties
combined are limited to a single
rental community per year. Un-
fortunately, that's why we pur-
sue specialty housing such as
those serving agricultural and
elderly retirees."

fee is used only to administer the
program. The types of calls that
are exempt from the list can be
found at http://www.800helpfla.
Travel/vacation plans ranked
second on-the top ten list with
2,494 written complaints, a drop
of more than 1,300 complaints
over 2006. There were 1,960
complaints about communica-
tion issues, motor vehicle repair
problems generated 1,664 com-
plaints, credit/banking had 1,623
complaints and there were 1,259
complaints about construction
problems, all ten categories re-
ceiving fewer complaints than
the previous year.
"I hope the reduction in the
number of complaints means
people are becoming savvier
about consumer issues and
not 'allowing themselves to

is arranging a presentation on
efforts to coordinate private,
public infrastructure, program-
ming and grants.
and funding
Principal financial support
for the forum has come from
the Community Foundation for
Palm Beach and Martin Counties
with assistance also from the
Everglades program of World
Wildlife Fund, the South Florida
Water Management District.
Palm Beach Community College
and the Palm Beach County Ex-
tension Service have provided

gency treatment center (FETC);
family intervention services;
mobile crisis response team;
mobile family services team;
outpatient counseling services;
student assistance program;
supported living; and therapeu-
tic behavioral on-site services.
For additional information
about any of the programs of-
fered at the Okeechobee Outpa-

conservation actions that reduce
human-caused manatee deaths.
The FWC's manatee manage-
ment plan outlines measures to
address watercraft-related mor-
tality, as well as other threats
facing the manatee population.
To report a dead or injured
manatee, call the FWC Wildlife
Alert hotline at 888-404-FWCC.
For more information on
manatee mortality research,
visit http://research.MyFWC.

the proposed contract would be
from April 11, 2006 to Sept. 30,
2008 and would automatically
renew for successive one year
terms unless either side termi-
nated under certain conditions.
In other business, the board
is expected to:
receive the finance report
for the period ending 31 Dec.,
declare a 1986 generator,
that has been replaced, to be
surplus; and
enter an agreement with
rate consultant Henry Thomas.
Post your opinions
in the Public Issues Forum
Reporter Pete Gawda
may be reached at

Beneficial Communities, co-
developer, of Oaks is also ready-
ing construction of Laurel Oaks,
a rental community for senior
citizens, off U.S. 441 North.
"Together these, projects
"meet part of the'need and pro-
vide new, attractive rental as-
sets to the community," said Mr.
"Live Oak Villas in downtown
Ft. Pierce, we built four years
ago which has 60 percent agri-
cultural workers, for example, is
a success and one of which lo-
cal elected officials are proud."
MaryAnn Morris
may be contacted at

fall prey to shoddy business
practices," Mr. Bronson said.
Rounding out the top 10 list of
written complaint categories
are: motor vehicle sales/acces-
sories with 1,214 complaints,
other telemarketing calls with
1,104 complaints, electronic
equipment with 754 complaints
and landlord/tenant issues with
746 complaints.
Mr. Bronson urges consum-
ers to contact the Department's
Consumer Hotline at 1-800-HELP
FLA (1-800-435-7352) or 1-800
FL AYUDA (1-800-352-9832) to
register any complaints but also
to find out the complaint his-
tory against a company before
conducting any business. Con-
sumers .can also file complaints
online by visiting the Division of
Consumer Services website at

in-kind contributions.
The event has been organized
by Martha Musgrove, president
of Decision Makers Forum Inc.,
a nonprofit Florida corporation
based in West Palm Beach, and
by Jo Ann Jolley, associate di-
rector of the Florida Center for
Environmental Studies at Flor-
ida Atlantic University, based
in Palm Beach Gardens. The
Center for Environmental Stud-
ies also operates Riverwoods in
Okeechobee County and man-
ages educational programming
at the DuPuis Management Area
in Martin County.

tient Center call (863) 462-0040
or the website at www.nhtcincj
Post your opinions
In the Public Issues Forum
Reporter Chauna Agullar
may be reached at

News Briefs

Water restrictions still in effect
Residents in the Lake Okeechobee Service Area (LOSA) of the
South Florida Water Management District are reminded that Phase
III Water Restrictions remain in effect. Under Phase III, most resi-
dential water users in the LOSA are required to limit outdoor irriga-
tion times to one day per week and four hours per day. Residents
with odd home addresses are allowed to water between the hours
of 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. EST on Saturdays, while residents with even
home addresses are allowed to water between the hours of 4 a.m.
and 8 a.m. EST on Sundays. Residents may also hand-water (no
sprinklers, automated or manual) on their designated day between
5 and 7 p.m. No domestic water use for outdoor irrigation will be
allowed Monday through Friday.
In addition, residential users may wash their cars, boats and
other equipment from 5-7 p.m. and within the specific times and
days where irrigation is allowed. Residents also are expected to ob-
serve normal water conservation practices within the home. The
use of water for firefighting, safety, sanitation, health, medical and
other essential ,purposes is not restricted. Organizers of charity car
washes and outdoor water-based recreational activities are required
to obtain a variance. Application forms and instructions are avail-
able on the District website at www. s fwmd. gov. For more infor-
mation, please phone the South Florida Water Management District
Okeechobee Service Center at 462-5260. To report a violation, please
contact the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office at 763-3117.

Habitat accepting applications for housing
Habitat for Humanity of Okeechobee is accepting applications
for the opportunity to partner to build and purchase a family's first
home. The applicant must be a legal resident of Okeechobee Coun-
ty, be a first time home buyer, qualify within the income limits that
are set by Habitat, be willing to fulfill sweat equity hours by part-
nering with HFHOC and meet other requirements. Applications are
available in the waiting room of Habitats local office. Please have
your completed application returned to us no later than Friday, Feb.
8, 2008. You should call for an appointment to drop the application
off or mail the application to Habitat for Humanity of Okeechobee
County, Inc., 1600B S.W. Second Ave., Okeechobee, 34974. If you
have any questions please call the office at (863) 357-1371, leave
your name and phone number and we will call you back.



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Speak Out
Speak Out has moved online, where it is quicker and
easier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go to, click on the community name and your
local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new
topics or comment on existing topics. You can also e-mail
comments to or call 863-467-2033,
but online comments get posted faster and not all phone calls
can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
BACKPUMPING: The more we allow the federal government. To
regulate us the more of a dictatorship is evolving in the government.
We have been robbed of our liberties in far too many areas as it is.
A simple look at the Kissimmee River and the lake itself proves that
beyond any reasonable doubt. Also look at the mess with the dike
itself. Remember this is OUR tax dollars at work. And the more the
government wastes the more they take from us. The more people
they have to hire. Get off your complacent butts and get involved.
Suing the government to get the government involved is nothing but
waste on waste. Nobody knows this area better than us. Nobody
knows the river and lake better than us. Keep the feds out as much
as possible.

WATER: The water from the Kissimmee River is pretty clean,
when you look at the volume of water that comes from that source
in context with the amount of phosphorus coming in. The water
from Taylor Creek/Nubbin Slough is pretty dirty, when you look at
the nutrient loading levels. It's a small volume of water but it con-
tributes a good percentage of the total excess nutrients. They need
to divert the Taylor Creek/Nubbin Slough water to some kind of wa-
ter treatment area to clean it up, instead of letting it pollute Lake
Okeechobee. Let's put the efforts where they will do the most good.
They have spent millions restoring the Kissimmee River, when its
Water quality was not the big problem to begin with.

GAS PRICES: Well good morning. I just hope that you County
Commissioners do not sleep good at night when you look at those
gas prices out there. Think about it next time.

ELECTIONS: As we all know that elections are coming up soon.
I hope we all look at each candidate and what they stand for. As for
me, I am not voting for Obama because he does not even pledge
allegiance to the flag of the United States so I certainly would not
want to vote for someone to be president if they did not do that.
There are other good candidates out there, but we must look at the
issues before we vote.

MEALS: This is to the 93 year old that wasn't able to get any
meals on wheels. First of all please do not judge all of the others in
this county because of their carelessness, if you would in some way,
leave a contact number with the newspaper, and if the newspaper
could acknowledge it in Speak Out, I would love to get in touch with
you to see if there is any way I can help you. There are a lot of caring
citizens in Okeechobee who would truly love to help you out in any
way they could.

RELIGION: I would like to say, "enough with these Witches and
the people calling in saying that they are witches." We do not care
about your religion,.we don't care about you. You are a minority in
the face of this country as far as religion goes. The greatest religion
we have in this country is Christianity.

PRObF READER: I was reading your Sunday, Jan. 6 edition
of the Okeechobee News and on page 12 you were talking about
sunny Florida and icy cold weather and then you have pictures of
boys playing baseball or basketball or something and had no men-
tion of their names or anything. I was just wondering if ya'll had a
proofreader or not. Editor's note: We regret the error. By ac-
cident the uncorrected version of that page was sent to the
+ printer.

OLD BANK: This is to Main Street. I was looking back through
the Okeechobee archives pictures of the bank on Fifth Ave. and 70
East. Why don't they do something with this beautiful building?

AGRI-CIVIC CENTER: The entrance of 70 East to the new Ag
center is closed and has been closed for a long time. I was wonder-
ing why they put an entrance there if they are not going to let people
use it.

CALLS AND COMMENTS: Oh, and to the caller who wondered
if only the online calls get in Speak Out, just because someone writes
in to the forum, it doesn't mean they'll get printed in the paper, ei-
ther. I think the stuff I send in to the online forum is the best writing
since Hemingway, (just kidding!) but it rarely makes it to the Speak
Out column in the paper.

LOANS: I look at a default loan judgment and see a $5,000 plus
prepayment penalty fee. Any loan with a prepayment penalty is a red
flag for a rip off.

BAND: I would like to say congrats to the OHS band. Back when
I was in High School, I was in the band, (I didn't play an instrument,
I twirled) but the band was nowhere near the size it is today. The
band has come a long way since then. I remember how we had to
practice everyday in,the hot sun, it was hard work, but the kids do it
because they love being part of the band. Congrats again, great job!

CANALS: This is just a thought. When cleaning the canals how
about starting with the worst clogged first? Some canals are far too
clogged to paddle a canoe in. Others seem to pass the pontoon
boats with little problem.

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Letters to the Editor

Pagan asks
for tolerance
Let me begin by saying I am
an ordained clergy of the Pagan
community had have been a loyal
and ,devoted practitioner of the
ancient arts of Witchcraft for 30
years. Now that I have established
my credentials let's begin.
I feel as thought most whom
are reading these articles that are
not Pagan know little or noth-
ing about the religion of Witch-
craft and in fact know very little
about your own religion, only that
which you were taught or heard
which in many cases may had
been wrong when it comes to
the religion of Witchcraft. When
you hear the word, "Witchcraft"
what is it that comes to mind, an
old hag, Halloween, a woman
whom does great harm to chil-
dren, an evil woman who cast
spells? Well, that might be the
case in movies but that is certainly
not the truth nor facts of whom
we are as women and men in the
religious aspects of Witchcraft.
Witches are year round, we have
no magickal season we appear
and then disappear. Witchcraft is
growing fast in the US and abroad.
Your neighbors might be Witches,
the local Judge, your hair dresser,
your boss, you just never know. I
wear my pentagram on a chain as
a symbol of my religion as many
others do. I do not hide nor am
ashamed of my religious practic-
es and even offer opened Sabbats
and Esbats to those of like minds.
We have harmony here with in
and with out the magickal circle.
Here are a few things you need to
know before passing judgment
with out facts. Once you have the
facts not what you hear, believe
or were taught by those whom
feared us and brought about the
inquisition but based' on truths
and facts and the use of your own
opinions then use your best judg-
ment and make a decision. I'm
not asking any one to convert to
Paganism or practice the religion
of Witchcraft but I am asking that
one link in the very long chain of
ignorance be taken out and that
we can all unite in the under-
standing of difference and toler-
ance of each others beliefs.
Ignorance leads to. fear,

fear leads to hatred, hatred
leads to judgment and judg-
ment leads to innocent lives
Fact: Some whom call them
selves Witches are men and
women that worship a polythe-
istic religion meaning more then
one God or Goddess.
Fact: We do not have wild or-
gies and do drugs at our religious
sabbats. It is disrespectful for any
one to come into the sacred circle
of the Goddess and Gods either
on drugs or drunk, it's simply not
tolerated any more then it would
be in your place of worship. We
do drum to raise positive ener-
gies, we chant to raise positive en-
ergies, we hold hands to pass the
positive energies to each other,
we are merry in our rites and that
reflects back to the cosmos. All
we do is a direct reflection back
to our deities whom we worship,
to do any thing dishonorable is
not even in our realm of thought.
Fact: We worship the seasonal
changes of nature in rituals of the
plants and fruits and the harvests
that we have to sustain our bod-
ies for nourishment through the
seasons that produced no fruits
or grains.
This dates back to over 300
BC when we didn't have grocery
stores with refrigerators but the
symbolism of that tradition con-
tinues today.
Fact: We do not believe in
heaven nor hell, we believe heav-
en and hell is what each one of us
makes it. Do you really believe if
there was such a place as heaven
with pearly gates, golden streets
and a room in this huge mansion
that has each persons name on it,
everyone would want to go there
right now instead of living, pay
check to pay check and wonder-
ing how there going to pay there
mortgages this month?
Fact: We worship both the
male and female duality as in
Goddess and Gods which makes
this a polytheistic religion. The
Christian religion worships one
god which makes that a mono-
theistic religion but if you read
your bibles, it does say thou
shalt not worship unto any OTH-
ER GODS before me," indicating
there were other gods long before
him. Look at the Greek pantheon
with the great Zeus. We still have

remnants of that culture and reli-
gion in tact today. Look at Egypt
with the great pyramids and the
religion of ISIS. The Dianic Tra-
dition (Roman Pantheon) dates
back to 6000 BC.
Untruths: We do not make
packs with the devil, we don't be-
lieve in the devil. The word devil
was strictly a made up word by
the church as an anti propagan-
da devise to discredit the stag or
horned consort of hunt.
Untruths: We do not sacri-
fice any one or any thing for any
reason. Most Witches or Pagans
I know do all we can to help
people daily in kind ways and we
save animals. from harm or start
or work for rescues, and join or-
ganizations that save lives.
Untruths: We do not fly around
on brooms. In the old days much
of the soaps that were made by
Christian folks had poisonous
herbs in them which they didn't
know better and caused halluci-
nogenic symptoms. We do use
a ritual broom called a Besom to
sweep clean any negativity's that
might be in the sacred circle of
worship and we have a traditional
called jumping the broom" as in
a wedding custom to aid the new
couple in love and prosperity.
Some History facts:
The word Pagan simply is an
umbrella word for all other reli-
gions of non main stream Christi-
anity. So it can mean Jewish, Dru-
id, Traditionalists, Tao, Witches,
Witchcraft began 2 million
years ago and is the oldest reli-
gion in the entire world and can
be proven. In the Smithsonian
Institute in Washington DC is an
exhibit that has a carving of the
Goddess on stone that carbon
dates back to the Paleolithic pe-
riod or old stone age.
Christianity dates back 2000
years ago. Let's examine now the
claims of Adam and Eve. If Adam
and Eve existed and were to had
been the start of human kind,
then where did the cave people
come from 2 million years ago?
They certainly didn't come from
the loins of Adam and Eve now
could they? If lets say that were
true that Adam and Eve did begin
the human race, that means were
all incest.
The Inquisition: Began Dec 5,

1484 with a royal proclamation
from the catholic church declar-
ing Witchcraft a crime of heresy.
Millions of innocent people many
whom were Christians were mur-
dered all in the name of god and
the church (FACT). No one was
safe in those dark times, not even
the elders of the church nor there
families. The Jewish community
was targeted and many executed
as well as the Knights Templar on
the suspicions of Witchcraft with
no proof.
The church needed no proof if
you Were a woman, you just had
to be a woman, single or wid-
owed or ugly to been accused of
Witchcraft. Remember those of
the church whom condemned
those of the church to die by
fire or tortures unmentionable
were those them selves accused
later and executed. I have a web
site on the Inquisition if any one
would be interested in knowing
facts not hear say and all this is
documented in the Catholic ar-
chives in Rome yet today. http://
I can go one and on and prob-
ably write a book but I'm not
sure how much they will pub-
lish and I don't want any of this
cut out. I will be glad to discuss
this is friendly conversation but I
will not tolerate intolerance, dis-
respect, or disregard for others
religions rights. I am not con-
demning any ones religious right
to worship whom or what you
want so please have the same
respect for others and me that do
not worship as you might. Do not
put pamphlets in my car because
if you do I'm libel to show up at
your next Sunday church meeting
and express my religious faith to
the followers not to mention file
a police report for harassment. If
you don't simply like some one
else's religion then ignore it or just
simply chose to stay silent. Would
your god approve of your judg-
ment of another's religion differ-
ent then your own? I think what
ever belief you have is wonderful
and I am happy for,you just as I
am very happy where I am on my
religious path and hope you feel
the same for me.
Chrissy Scott

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Jan. 8
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition meets every
second Tuesday, at 11:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist
Church. For information contact Jim Vensel at (863) 697-1792.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon
at Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings
are open to the public. For information, contact Chad Rucks at
(863) 763-8999.
New AA Meeting in Basinger: There is now an AA meeting
in Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian
Brethren Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are wel-
Christian Home Educators of Okeechobee will meet at
the Grace Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 701 S. Parrott Ave.
Anyone currently home schooling or interested in home school-
ing is welcome. For information, call Lydia Hall (863) 357-6729
or Betty Perera (863) 467-6808.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior,
200 N.W Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10
a.m. at the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St., in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at
(863) 467-2321.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St.
Anyone interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome
to attend. There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical In-
dex), Social Security Death Index and military information avail-
able. For information, call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public
is invited, to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music.
For information, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863)
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30
a.m. at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast.
For information, call (863) 467-9055.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30
p.m. in the fellowship hall at 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's
only meeting. For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Par-
rott Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring
many Bible truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the
church next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or
group that enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate.
For information, contact Dr. Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon until 1 p.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an
open meeting.
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition meets every
second Tuesday, at 11:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist
Church. For information contact Jim Vensel at (863) 697-1792.
The Lighthouse Refuge support group meets at Believers
Fellowship Church, 300 S.W. Sixth Ave. from noon until 2 p.m.
then from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Women who need emotional sup-
port or someone just to care are welcome. For information call
the hot line (863) 801-9201 or (863) 697-9718.

Community Events

Jan. 8
Square Dancing to start
All Square Dancers are invited to dance at the clubhouse in Sem-
inole Cove, 1799 S.W 35th Circle, off S.W. 16" Ave. in Okeechobee,
starting Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. An excellent caller, Mr. Gib Matt-
son from Vero Beach will be calling. Lessons will also be starting
for beginning dancers. We will be dancing every Tuesday night. For
information call Marilyn Zody at (863) 357-0122.

Festival pageant deadline nears
Due to the change in date of the 40th annual Speckled Perch
Festival, the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce has also moved
to an earlier date, Sunday, Jan. 13, beginning at 4 p.m. the KOA-
Kampground. The final deadline for applications and sponsor fees
is Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 4 p.m. Applications can be picked up at the
Chamber office, 55 South Parrott Ave. There are five categories-for,
girls: Tiny Miss, 3 year olds; Little Miss, 4 and 5 year olds; Princess,
6 through 9 years old; Junior Miss 10 through 13 years old; and
Miss 14 through 19 years old. Categories for boys are Tiny Mister for
3 year olds and Little Mister for 4 and 5 year olds. For more infor-
mation about the Speckled Perch Pageant, contact the Chamber at
(863) 763-6464. Remember to have your applications and money
turned in to the Chamber for the pageant by Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Weight loss program to begin
Devotional Weight Loss Program will begin new classes on
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008 at 9 until 11 a.m. at His House Fellowship, 425
S.W. 28th St. Classes will continue through April. Additional informa-
tion may be obtained by calling (863) 467-6330.

Church offers free Mother's Morning out
On Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. until noon, the First United Method-
ist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. will offer free babysitting for par-
ents. This program will begin Jan. 8 and will run through March.
Space is limited and registration is required. For information, con-
tact Nancy Vaughan, Director of Christian Education, at (863) 763-
4021 or email
Jan. 9
Healthy Start Coalition to meet
The Board of Directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coali-
tion will meet.on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008, at 11:30 a.m., in their
new office, 575 S.W. 28th St. within the New Endeavors School,
Building. This meeting is open to the public. For information, please
contact Executive Director, Kay Begin at the Coalition office, (863)

Red Cross class scheduled
The Okeechobee American Red Cross will offer the following
classes in January at their branch office: Wednesday, Jan. 9 Adult
CPR/AED at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 First Aid Basics at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 23 Infant/Child CPR at 6 p.m. To register, or for
more information call 863-763-2488.
Jan. 10
Circus in Okeechobee this week
Jan. 10-13, "Under the Big Top European Extravaganza," spon-
sored by the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce, is coming to the
American Legion fairgrounds/ Anastasini entertainment will feature
high wire acts, aerial fantasy, clowns, jugglers, dog show and aerial
rocket stars thrill show. Advance tickets are on sale at the Chamber
office. For more information, call (863) 763-6464.
Fair planning meetings scheduled
The Okeechobee County Fair Association will hold two fair plan-
ning meetings in January. The first is Thursday, Jan. 10 at 6 and the
second is on Jan. 24 also at 6 p.m. Both meetings will be at the
Okeechobee County Extension Office. The fair is finalizing plans for
the upcoming March Fair and would like to invite anyone interested
in volunteering with the fair to attend. If you have any questions
you may contact Linda Syfrett at (863) 763-6232 or Dianne Spann
at (863) 634-3327.

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January is birth defects prevention month

TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida
Department of Health (DOH) ac-
knowledges January as National
Birth Defects Prevention Month
and Jan. 7-14, as National Folic
Acid Awareness Week. DOH rec-
ognizes the severe impact birth
defects have on Florida's families
and children. Each year, birth de-
fects affect one in 33 newborns
in Florida, are one of the leading
causes of infant mortality, and
contribute significantly to long-
term disabilities.
"Babies born with birth de-
fects and related deficiencies are
a serious matter in Florida and
around the world," said DOH
Deputy Secretary of Children's
Medical Services Joseph Chiaro,
M.D., FAAP. "Our surveillance
program allows us to monitor
the numbers and types of birth
defects that are occurring so we

can develop prevention, interven-
tion and referral programs to as-
sist affected individuals, families
and their health care providers."
Some commonly occurring
birth defects include:
Congenital Heart Defects:
disorders of the heart present at
birth, which affect about one in
100-200 babies;
Chromosomal Abnormali-
ties: disorders involving chromo-
somes, affecting about one in
200 babies;
Orofacial Clefts: disorders of
the lip and/or roof of the mouth,
affecting about one in 700-1,000
Neural Tube Defects (NTDs):
disorders of the spine (spina bi-
fida) and brain (anencephaly)
which affect about one in 1,000
Spina bifida and anenceph-

aly are serious birth defects. In
2004, approximately 73 infants
in Florida were born with NTDs.
To reduce this number, women
who are capable of becoming
pregnant should have 400 mi-
crograms of the B vitamin folic
acid every day. Since NTDs occur
early in pregnancy, before many
women know they are pregnant,
women should take folic acid
before becoming pregnant and
continue during early pregnancy.
Folic acid can be obtained from
multivitamins, dietary supple-
ments and fortified foods, in ad-
dition to eating a diet containing
folate-rich foods such as spin-
ach and other dark leafy greens,
beans and peas.
DOH recommends that all
women plan their pregnancies
and schedule a pre-pregnancy
checkup to talk with their health

care provider about maintain-
ing a healthy diet and incorpo-
rating exercise. Because some
birth defects are preventable, it
is important to discuss pre-ex-
isting medical conditions such
as diabetes, obesity, seizures,
family history of birth defects, as
well as any possible exposures to
hazardous chemicals. A woman
who is pregnant or planning a
pregnancy should avoid alcohol,
smoking, illegal drugs and medi-
cations which can cause birth
defects and pregnancy complica-
DOH promotes, protects and
improves the health of all people
in Florida. For more information
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Evans Sr.
Vernon Austin Evans Sr., age
76 died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008 at
his residence in Ft. Pierce. Born
Oct. 30, 1931 in Moultrie, Ga., he
has been a resident of Ft. Pierce
since 1982 and enjoyed fishing
and gardening.
He is preceded in death by
his brothers, Earl, Elton; grand-
children, Bobby Evans, Jr., Ricky
Duan and Megan Evans.
He is survived by his wife of
50 years, Laura of Ft. Pierce;
sons, Vernon A. (Linda) Evans Jr.
of Ft. Pierce, Purvin L. Evans of
Ft. Pierce, Bobby Gene (Sabrina)
Evans of Vero Beach; daughters,
Kathy L. (David) Freeman of Al-
bany, Ga., Linda (Carlos) Evans

of Okeechobee; brothers, Mar-
vin (Oyedia) Evans of Moultrie,
Ga., Bobby G. (Gretchen) Evans
of Nunan, Ga., Benny (Karen)
Evans of Sylvester, Ga.; sisters,
Nell Evans of Moultrie, Ga., Doris
(Willie) Curls of Albany, Ga., and
Betty (Charles) Devine of Moult-
rie, Ga. In addition, he is survived
by 27 grandchildren and 17 great
There are no arrangements
In lieu of flowers memo-
rial contributions can be made
to Hospice of the Treasure Coast,
P.O. Box 1748, Ft. Pierce, 34954-
Friends may sign the guest-
book at www.buxtonfuneral-
All arrangements are under

the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral -Home and Crematory,
110 N.E. Fifth St. Okeechobee.

Margaret Ruth Lee
Margaret Ruth Lee "Momma
Lee" age 78 died, Jan. 6, 2008
at her residence in Okeechobee.
Born Oct. 24, 1929 in Foun-
tain, she has been a resident of
Okeechobee since 1979 and was
a member of the Assembly of
God Church.
She is survived by her hus-
band of 63 years, Charles Eugene
Lee of Okeechobee; son, Johnny
Charles (Sally) Lee of Panama
City; daughters, Carolyn (Bob)
Mickley of Jupiter, Cheryl (Buell)
Sutton of Okeechobee, Terri
(Gerald) Carpenter of Tallahas-

see; brothers, Edward Porter of
Panama City, Donnie Ray of Mile-
ry, Ala., and sister, Ruby Richard-
son of Panama City. In addition,
she is survived by seven grand-
children; Mickey, Patricia, Jason,
Billy, Tonya, Nicole, and Dwayne
and nine great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be
held Tuesday, Jan. 8, in the Bux-
ton Funeral Home Chapel, 110
N.E. Fifth St. Okeechobee at 4
p.m. with the Rev. Roger Meyers
In lieu of flowers memorial
donations can be made to Hope
Hospice 9470 Health Park Circle,
Ft. Myers, 33908.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory,
110 N.E. Fifth St. Okeechobee.

Health News in Brief

Parent Education
classes offered
The Okeechobee County
Healthy Start Coalition will be
offering parenting education
classes for infants to age 3. All
pregnant women and parents
are encouraged to attend. Each

participant will receive a gift.
This "adults" only parenting
class consists of six classes. You
must attend all six classes to
get a certificate of completion.
We now have day and evening
classes available. No child care
will be available. Call (863) 462-
5877 for registration.

Narcotics group
to meet Tuesdays
Narcotics Anonymous will
begin meeting every Tuesday
at noon. Meetings will be held
at the Just for Today Club, 2303
U.S. 441 S.E., Suite K. For infor-
mation, call (863) 634-4780.

Pregnancy financial
assistance available
Are you pregnant? Have you
been turned down for Medic-
aid? Healthy Start may be able
to help. For information, con-
tact Becky Smith at (863) 462-

New Horizons plans

children's summit

"Children in Crisis" is the
theme for New Horizons' third
Children's Behavioral Health
Summit. Dr. Shairi Turner,
Chief Medical Officer of the
Florida Department of Juve-
nile Justice will be the keynote
"We have recruited a di-
verse group of presenters for
the conference," said Joanne
Knight, New Horizons director
of human resources. "In addi-
tion to Dr. Turner, there will be
outstanding' presenters from
Florida Atlantic University,
Sandy Pines, Tykes and Teens,
private physicians, and local
law enforcement officers," she
This regional training con-
ference is for mental health,
substance abuse, nursing,
medical and teaching profes-
sionals. "The conference will
be helpful for any professional
or individual who works with
troubled kids," said Knight.
The Summit will be held
on Friday, January 25, 2008 at
the Kight Center for Emerg-
ing Technologies, Indian Riv-
er Community College Main
Campus, Virginia Avenue and
35th Street, Ft. Pierce. The reg--
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$50. Attendees will receive five
continuing education credits,
a continental breakfast and
Sponsors of the event in-
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and Jackson Drugs. Several
non-profit organizations have
also signed up as Community
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information tables will fill the
exhibit area.
Committee members plan-
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Contrera, Pat Daum, Joanne
Knight, Amy Norris, and Mau-
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Homemade chicken soup has medicinal value

For centuries, chicken soup
has been prescribed as a home
remedy foi colds and flu. In stud-
ies conducted over the past three
decades, modern, science has
confirmed chicken soup actually
has medicinal value.
A study at the University Of
Nebraska Medical Center found
chicken soup reduced inflam-
mation and acted as a natural
decongestant. A study at the
UCLA School of Medicine found
that cysteine, an amino acid re-
leased from chicken in cooking,
acts much like the drug acet-
ylcysteine, which is prescribed
for respiratory problems. A 1978
study published in the medical
journal "Chest" found that sip-
ping chicken soup helps clear up
Most recently, a study by the
USDA found that viruses are more
likely to attack people whose diet
lacks the nutrients vitamin E and
selenium -- found in garlic.
Many ingredients in chicken


with Katrina Elsken

soup have medicinal value.
Chicken provides protein to
help strengthen the body. It also
contains a substance, which
makes it easier to sleep. Sleep is
often the best thing for a sick per-
son. Vegetables in the soup car-
rots, parsley, celery, onions, and
parsnips provide vitamins and
nutrients. Many of these ingredi-
ents also contain substances that
help fight the flue.
Garlic contains substances
that help lower cholesterol, low-
er blood pressure and kill bacte-

Sage contains a substance,
which soothes a sore throat.
Thyme contains a natural de-
Celery and carrots are natu-
rally soothing to the digestion.
Parsley is also soothing to the
Onions contain a substance
that helps break up chest con-
Parsnips contain a substance
that is soothing to a sore throat.
While most versions of chick-
en soup are good for treating
colds and flu, researchers found
the homemade versions with
lots of chicken, garlic and onions
- are the most potent.
Good chicken soup starts with
lots of chicken.
Some people who are wor-
ried about fat intake make the
mistake.of trying to make soup
from boneless, skinless chicken
breasts and then are disap-
pointed that the s6up lacks fla-
vor. For chicken soup, you need

Health News in Brief

Hospital sponsors
Ladies Health Day
Raulerson Hospital presents
"Ladies Only Health Day," a lun-
cheon on Jan. 22, 2008 from noon
until 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Ex-
press. The guest speakers for the
Ladies Only Health Day will be
board certified physicians, James
Bradfield, M.D. FACOG (Gynecol-
ogy) and Rene Loyola, M.D. FACS
(General Surgery). Dr. Bradfield
will discuss new healthcare ser-
vices offered to women of all ages
and Dr. Loyola will discuss new
"State of the Art" surgical proce-
dures that are opening up regu-
larly at the Hospital. Reservations
are required. Please RSVP to Bill
Casian at (863) 824-2702. Only 50
seats are available for this event.

Health and Safety
Expo planned
The Okeechobee' Family
Health and Safety Expo will be'
held at the Agri-Civic Center on
Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008 from 9

a.m. until 2 p.m. We are currently
seeking vendors to share health
and safety related information at
the Expo. If your business/orga-
nization is not health related, you
can still participate, call for more
details. Free admission, free park-
ing, free lunch, and free prizes to
all who attend. For information
please call Sharon Vinson at (863)
462-5000 Ext. 257, Angela Kelly
- Okeechobee County Health De-
partment (863) 462-5781 or Don-
nie Arnold Okeechobee County
Fire Rescue (863) 634-6464.

Freedom from
Smoking classes open
The Okeechobee County
Health Department (OCHD) of-
fers a Tobacco Prevention and
Education Program for the com-
The purpose of the program is to
reduce adult and youth tobacco
use, and provide tobacco resourc-
es to residents, businesses and
community organizations in the
county. Freedom from Smoking

classes will be held every Tuesday
at the Okeechobee County Pub-
lic Library, 206 S.W 16th St., from
5:30 until 6:30 p.m.
For information, call (863)

Diabetes Support at
Raulerson Hospital
Raulerson Hospital offers a
monthly Diabetes Support Group
which meets on the second Thurs-
day of each month in the hospital
cafeteria at 2 p.m. If you have any
questions please call the program
coordinator, Wanda Haas, R.N.,
B.A., C.D.E., C.P.T., at 763-5093".

Red Cross offers
HIV/MDS course
The American Red Cross-
Okeechobee Branch offers a ba-
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that complies with Florida em-
ployment requirements for indi-
viduals working in various voca-
tions. This is a self-study course
that includes text work and the
successful completion of a mul-
tiple choice written test. The cost
of the course is $15. Call the local
Red Cross office at (863) 763-2488
for information.

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a whole chicken bones and all.
The dark meat and the bones
add flavor and nutrients. Do not
worry about the fat. When the
stock cools, you can easily skim
off the fat.
I use a whole chicken, plus a
few extra chicken breasts.
First, I make the chicken
I chop up a head of celery, six
cloves of garlic, two large yellow
onions, six carrots, a small bunch
of parsley, fresh sage (about half
a cup, chopped), fresh thyme
(about one-fourth cup, chopped)
and three large parsnips.
In a large stewpot, I saute
these vegetables and herbs in ol-
ive oil until the celery and onions
are tender.
* I then add the chicken, sprin-
kle it with about one teaspoon
salt and half a teaspoon pep-
per, add enough liquid (water
or chicken broth) to completely
cover the chicken, bring it to a
boil, then turn it down to simmer,

cover the pot and let it cook un-
til the chicken falls off the bones
- about three hours.
At this point, the vegetables
will be mushy. That does not
matter. All of the nutrition is in
the stock anyway.
I put a colander over a large
glass pot (I use the liner that
goes into a crock-pot heating
unit) and strain all of the stock
into the glass pot to cool. (I use
glass because I want to put in
the refrigerator.) I let the chicken
cool slightly so I do not burn my
fingers, and then bone it out.
The meat goes into the glass
pot with the stock. I let it cool
and then put it in the refrigera-
tor. The bones and all the mushy
vegetables go back into the
original pot. I put back in just
enough stock to cover the mix-
ture of bones and vegetables,
bring it to a boil, and lower the
heat to simmer again. I simmer
the bones and mushy vegetables
for another two to three hours,
then strain this mixture, saving
this stock. The bones and mushy
vegetable hulls are discarded.
I let this additional stock cool
and then add it to the rest of my
chicken and stock in the refrig-
erator. The next day, I scoop the
fat off the top and discard it. (I
mix it with the cats' dinner. They
love it.)
Because I use the bones, the
cooled stock will be like gelatin.
This is because it contains the

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nutrients from the bones in-
cluding calcium. (If you want
to maximize the amount of cal-
cium in the soup, add two table-
spoons of lemon juice or vinegar
to the pot when you are cooking
the bones.)
The next day, I saut6 more
vegetables in olive oil finely
chopped carrots, celery, onions,
parsnips and parsley. I don't
like mushy vegetables so I only
make enough for the soup we
will be eating that day. When
the vegetables are tender, I add
stock and chicken from the glass
pot (just enough to make soup
for that day), heat it thoroughly
and season to taste. If you like
noodles, rice or potatoes in your
soup, you can add them at this
time and simmer until they are
cooked. If we aren't going to use
all the stock in a few days, I can
freeze some of the stock and
meat for future meals.
This seems like a lot of soup,
but at my house it seems to dis-
appear pretty quickly. It is low
in fat and calories and packed
with nutrition, so it is a guilt-free
treat. And if you have a cold or
the flu, it really is "good for what
ails you."
If you would like
to share a home remedy
or have a heath or
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406 N. W. 4th Street. (863)357-2442

Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442

Immediate Openings All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
1646 Hwy. 441 North

Real Estate

Business Places -
Salery a
Property Sale
Townhouses Sale
Farms Sale 2
Hunting Property
Property -Sale.
Land- Sale
Lots Sale
Open House
Out of State -
Property Sale
Property Inspection
Real Estate Wanted
Resort Property -
Sale 7
Warehouse Space 7
Waterfront Property 8

Features 3BRs/2BAs, Ig. LR,
garage, $118k, includes per-
mit fees. Lawrence Asso-
ciates 1-800-543-2495

Buying a car? Look In the
classifileds. Selling a
car? Look in the classi-

OKEE. Beautiful 3br, 2ba
Home & Lot. In 55+ Comm.
$127K. Neg. 863-763-763-8567
or 502-598-9115

Mobile Homes

Mobile Home Lots 2
Mobile Home- Parts 2
Mobile Homes -Rent 2
Mobile Homes -Sale 2 2

BH RIDGE 3/2 on Waterfront,
Lake access. Fully furnished.
$950. mo. + $950. Sec.
dep. (772)370-1095
CHOICE OF 3BR, or 2 BR, 2
ba D/W's No pets, yrly lease,
starting @ $600/mo +
$1000 sec. 863-763-4031

OKEECHOBEE: 2 Bdrm.,2 Ba.
on lot w/screened porch. Nice
area. Will lease with option to
buy. $700/mo Owner
Financing (863)634-3451.
OKEECHOBEE: Nice, 2br/1ba,
$550/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
Dep. In town. No pets.
A/C furnished, boat dock, no
pets. Seasonal $900/mo.
Yearly $800/mo 1st & Sec.
dep (954)260-1933

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wide, amenities. Reduced
$54,900 (239)732-6221 or
OAK PARK- 2 BR, All furniture
stays including 2 sheds.
$22,500. (863)763-4662
2br, 2ba, Covered carport.
150'x70' lot on SE 58th Dr.
$55K w/$5K down Owner
Financing 10yr. Mortgage
$600 mo. (863)467-6688

OKEECHOBEE- 1/1, newly re-
modeled inside w/new roof.
In nice adult park, $5,000

4/2 Tile Floor, Energy Package
Deluxe loaded, over
2,200 sq.ft.
30th Anniversary Sale Special
Save $15,000.
Call for FREE Color Brochures

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Boats 3005
Campers/RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035

AIRBOAT '01- Step Hull, 0540
.w/air time, $11,000 or best
offer (772)260-6580
CHAPARRAL '88 19 ft, only
50 hrs, 5.7 Merc Cruiser,
mint, loaded, bow rider.
$6500 (954)868-6518
Join all the people who
say, "I sold it In the clas-

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Boat dock on Lake Istokpo-
ga. $9500. 937-206-7936
How fast can your car
go? It can go even faster
when you sell it in the

EL MOTOR '98- good shape
$8500 or best offer
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The classflled ads
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Public Notice 5005
State Public -

Change in January School Board
Meeting Date
The regular meeting of the Okeecho-
bee County School Board for Janu-
ary will take place on Tuesday,
January 22, 2008, at 6:00 p.m., In
Room 303 of the School Board Ad-
ministrative Office located at 700
S.W, 2nd Avenue. The meeting is
open to the public.
Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.D,
Superintendent of Schools
248663 ON 1/8,15/08U

Submitted Photo

Volunteers are hard at work
The Hospice of Okeechobee Volunteers (left to right) Janice Daniels, Anzie Mielke and
Jeanette Grebe, have been hard at work removing the final remnants of the Festival of Trees,
and setting up in the Blue Volunteer Building for a gigantic yard sale. All proceeds benefit
The Hamrick Home. The Yard Sale will be held at (The Blue Volunteer Building) next to The
Hamrick Home 411 S.E. Fourth Street.

News in Brief

CAP looking
for members
The Florida Wing of the Civil
Air Patrol -- United States Air Force
Auxiliary has formed a CAP unit in
Okeechobee. Okeechobee Com-
posite Squadron 453 currently has
26 members. Senior members
and cadets are being recruited for
the unit. Youths between the ages
of 12 and 18 are eligible. Senior
members are needed to admin-
ister the unit and provide supervi-
sion for the cadets. The three main
missions of the Civil Air Patrol are
emergency services, aerospace
education and cadet programs.
Senior members and cadets work
side by side to accomplish these
missions. If you are interested in
becoming a cadet or senior mem-
ber contact Gene O'Neill at the
Okeechobee Emergency Opera-
tions Center, (863) 763-3212.

Group providing
animal rescue
Florida Wildlife Rescue Service
of Okeechobee is currently pro-
viding rescue, pick up and trans-
port of sick, injured, orphaned or
otherwise impaired wildlife.
Anyone who finds a wild ani-
mal in need of help is encouraged
to give us a call. A volunteer trans-
porter, licensed by the Florida Fish
& Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion, will be more than happy to
help you and the animal.
This is a free service to the
community and to wildlife.
For information, call (863) 634-
1755 or (863) 357-7955.

Advocacy group
seeking members
The Florida Local Advocacy
Council in this area has openings
for membership. The members
of the volunteer council protect
and advocate for a better quality
of life for Floridians with unique
needs. Volunteers are appointed
by the governor for a four-year

term. Local meetings are held on
the second Tuesday of the month
in Fort Pierce. Call Penina Popper
at (800) 342-0825 for information;
or, visit

Parent education
classes offered
The Okeechobee County
Healthy Start Coalition will be of-
fering parenting education classes
for infants to age 3. All pregnant
women and parents are encour-
aged to attend. Each participant
will receive a gift. This adults-only
parenting class consists of six,
one-hour classes. You must attend
all six classes to get a certificate
of completion. We now have day
and evening classes available. No
child care will be available. Call
(863) 462-5877 for registration.

My Aunt's House
seeks volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501 (c)
(3) organization is looking for two
to three volunteers to work in our
Closet any day, or days, Monday
through Friday during the hours
of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. We are also
looking for a volunteer to become
the director and a board mem-
ber of The Clothes Closet. The
volunteer should communicate
well with the public and should
be able to seek support from city
and county officials, business ex-
ecutives and other organizations.
Work days and hours are flexible.
Call (863) 634-2306 for informa-

Martha's House
collecting cell phones
Martha's House is collecting
used cell phones to return for
money. Martha's House can also
have them 9-1-1 activated for par-
ticipants. If you have any used cell
phones to donate call (863) 763-
2893, or drop them off at their
administrative office at 103 N.W
Fifth St.

Discount cards
aid youth activities
Communities in Schools and
the Police Athletic League of
Okeechobee have discount cards
available. The cards are $10 and
are good for one year at selected
businesses. Cards can be pur-
chased at CarQuest, 300 N.W
Park St. For information, call (863)
462-5863. Proceeds will go toward
youth activities in our community.

Center offers
service to children
The Family Outreach Center
at Sacred Heart offers a service to
youth and children by giving free
classes in martial arts. The classes
are currently taught four days a
week on Monday, Wednesday
and Friday, from 6 until 8 p.m. and
on .Saturday from 5:30 until 7:30

Halfway house
seeks volunteers
Eckerd Intensive Halfway
House a Moderate Risk Commit-
ment Program for 13-18 year old
male youth is seeking volunteers
who can "make a difference in
the life of a youth". We are seek-
ing volunteers to read, be a guest
speaker, play music, tutor, edu-
cate youth on a trade, assist with
a project, instruct youth on build-
ing a project, or just hang out with
youth. Volunteer hours and times
can vary. Please contact Tom
Jones or Joshua Stoddard at (863)
357 0047.

Career Center
helps in job search
The One Stop Career Center,
209 S.W. Park St., has services
available at no charge to help
people in their search for the right
employee or job. For more, visit
their web site at;
or, call (863) 462-5350.

Submitted photo

Circus acts thrill the crowd
The Anastasini European Big Top Extravaganza Circus will be in town Jan. 10-13, sponsored
by the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce, at the American Legion fairgrounds. Anastasini
entertainment will feature high wire acts, aerial fantasy, clowns, jugglers, dog show and
aerial rocket stars thrill show. Advance tickets are on sale at the Chamber office. For more
information, call (863) 763-6464.

Bronson files lawsuit against company

for violating state's Do Not Call" Law

riculture and Consumer Ser-
vices Commissioner Charles
H. Bronson announced that he
has taken legal action against a
California company for violating
Florida's Do Not Call law.
A lawsuit filed in Leon County
Circuit Court alleges that Mere-
dian Financial Corporation, of
Costa Mesa, California made at
least 19 calls to Florida residents
on the state's Do Not Call list in
2006 and 2007. In addition, the
company is accused of playing
a recorded message when con-
sumers answered their phones,
which is a separate violation of

state law.
"This company has repeated-
ly called consumers on the Do
Not Call list, intruding on their
privacy despite the fact that the
citizens went to the effort to get
their phone numbers placed on
the list", Bronson said. The mes-
sage is that this activity'will not
be tolerated.
The legal action seeks an
injunction prohibiting the com-
pany from making any future
calls to residents on the list and
fines of up to $10,000 for each
of the calls it made to prohibited
phone numbers.
Bronson's department has

collected or obtained judgments
of more than $1.5 million against
companies that have called resi-
dents on the list, and several
such legal actions are pending
in courts throughout the state.
The Commissioner encour-
ages Floridians to join the pro-
gram, which prohibits most
commercial telemarketers from
calling numbers on the list.
For more information about
the program, consumers can
call the department's toll-free
hotline 1 800 HELP FLA (435-
7352) or visit the Division of
Consumer Services website at

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Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy Chad Childress earned a 76 aboard My Fair Lady during the bareback competition on Sun-
Ryan Stutes earned an 81 on this ride in the bareback competition on Sunday. day.

Okeechobee girl takes barrel racing championship
By Charles M. Murphy Pearson, who was third on Sat- idge took the team roping event
Okeechobee News urday, tied his steer in just 3.9 on Sunday with a nice time of

BRIGHTON -- Wendy Cul-
berson of Okeechobee won the
Professional Rodeo Cowboy As-
sociation's Southeastern Circuit
championship last Sunday. She
was presented a new saddle at
the Fred Smith Arena by repre-
sentatives of the PRCA and the
Brighton Tribal Council.
The event wrapped up a
great weekend of rodeo at the
Brighton reservation as champi-
onships for all around cowboy,
team roping, saddle bronc, bull
riding, and bareback riding were
awarded to deserving cowboys
for 2007.
Spunk Sasser of San Anto-
nio, Florida won the all around
championship. Chance Smart
took home the bull riding cham-
pionship, Curtis Garton won the
saddle bronc, Jay Conner won
the tie down roping champion-
ship, and Scotty Nesmith won
the bareback riding champion-
The Circuit finals at Brigh-
ton included three rodeos, Fri-
day night, Saturday afternoon
and Sunday afternoon. Large
crowds were in attendance for
the rodeos..
The circuit covers nine states
which include Tennessee,
Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi,
Florida, South Carolina, North
Carolina Louisiana and Arkan-
sas. The top 12 contestants in
each event get to participate in
the rodeo.
Rodeo Queens from Florida,
Arkansas and even Wisconsin
were on hand. Andy Stewart
was the rodeo announcer and
'Pumpkintown' the rodeo clown
provided comedy relief. Victor
Billie wrestled alligators during
intermission and Texas Jack Ful-
brite showed off his rope tricks
while Ghost Riders in the sky
blared over the sound system.
Roger! Smith, Tribal Council
Representative from Brighton,
greeted the crowds.
In bareback riding, Matt
Bright had an excellent week-
end. He won Friday's event and
finished second on Saturday. On
Sunday Ryan Stutes got a score
of 81 to beat Bright, who earned
a 78.
Steer wrestling was a very
competitive event as well. Taw
Avery won Friday's event with a
time of 4.9 seconds. He had an-
other excellent run on Sunday
with a time of 4.6 seconds. Tyler

seconds on Sunday to win the
round. Nick Griffith took the ro-
deo with a solid finish on Friday,
second, a win on Saturday, and
a solid time of 4.3 seconds on
In tie down roping, circuit
winner Jay Conner won the
event on Saturday and followed
up with a solid 8.5 seconds on
Sunday. Cody James won the
event Friday with a solid time of
8.5 seconds. Justin Thigpen won
the rodeo all around champion-
ship with three solid scores.
In saddle bronc riding, Jim
Burnette of nearby Kenans-
ville hal a solid score on Sun-
day with a 77. Alan Frierson of
Q'Brien, Florida, won the rodeo
with an average of 76 on three
rides. He won Sunday with a
score of 78.
Josh -McMillan and Ty Ether-

4.9 seconds. Derrick Foreman
and Billy Joe Berry won Satur-
day but were hurt by a five sec-
ond penalty during Sunday's ro-
deo. Fletcher Nail of Fort Pierce
also had a solid time on Satur-
day and Sunday with his team-
mate, fellow Floridian Travis
Culberson was honored the
circuit championship in barrel
racing'Sunday. She has earned
close to $12,300 in that event
this past year. Sabra O'Quinn of
Ocala won the Brighton rodeo.
She ran a solid time of 15.78 on
Chance Smart, who earned
$94,000 at the National Finals
Rodeo in, Las Vegas in 2007,
won the Brighton rodeo as he
finished first in all three bull rid-
ing go rounds. He scored 86 on

Tyler Pearson, flat on his back, wrestled this steer to the ground in 3.9 seconds Sunday, the
best time of the day.

Texas Jack Fulbrite entertained the crowd with rope tricks Seminole tribe member Victor Billie wrestled this alligator at the PRCA rodeo Sunday at
like the Texas Skip and the Cowboy wedding ring. Brighton.

OG&CC Weekly Results

PI.G.S. League White. Second place-J.C. Last Goudy. Last place-Harry White.
place-Russ Adams. Closest to Closest to the pin-(2) George
- Okeechobee Golf the pin-(2) Randy Ketcherside, Earl Goudy, (8) George Guy-
and Country Club (8) Larry Anderson, (11) Larry
and Country Club Anderson and (17) Jack Forde. dosh, (11) Ken Napora and (17)
Dec. 31: First place-Harry Jan. 4: First place-George Earl Ken Napora.

Sports News in Brief

U.S.C.G. Flotilla
seeking new members
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxil-
iary Flotilla 57 in Okeechobee
is seeking new members to be-
come involved in the Auxiliary's
The Auxiliary is a volunteer
service organization composed
of men and women who ac-
tively support recreational boat-
ing safety and other Coast Guard
The Auxiliary also provides
recreational boating safety sup-
port to sate and local authori-
Members could be involved

in patrols, communications,
administration, seamanship,
piloting/navigation, weather or
search and rescue.
For information, call (863)

Taylor Creek Bass
Club to meet
Taylor Creek Bass Club will
hold its next monthly meeting on
Jan. 10, at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post 9528 beginning at 7
p.m. The club holds its meetings
on the second Thursday of each
month with bass tournaments
being held the following week-
end. New members (especially

non-boaters) are welcome. For
more information contact Dave
Stout at (863) 467-2255.

2008 Youth Basketball
Sign-ups open
Sign-ups for the Okeechobee
County Parks and Recreation's
Youth Basketball League will
be held through Friday, Jan. 11;
beginning at 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Registration is $30 per child and
is being conducted at 640 N.W
27th Lane at the Okeechobee
County Sports Complex. Please
call (863) 763-6950 for addition-
al information.




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